Allen West raises $1.75 million in quarter, has $2.7 million on handby George Bennett | January 23rd, 2012
It wasn’t quite as far off the charts as his third quarter haul of $1.96 million, but U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, raised a staggering $1.75 million during the fourth quarter, his campaign said today.
West, known for spending big sums on direct mail, begins 2012 with $2.7 million in cash on hand, according to a campaign press release.
Based on the press release and past Federal Election Commission reports, it appears West spent about $800,000 between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31. Fourth-quarter FEC reports are due Jan. 31.
West has raised about $5.85 million overall for his reelection. Democrats Lois Frankel and Patrick Murphy have raised about $1.4 million apiece in hopes of defeating West.
With redistricting likely to push West into a Democratic-leaning congressional seat, West’s latest fundraising haul will probably fuel more chatter about West jumping into the Republican U.S. Senate primary for the right to challenge Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. West has repeatedly rejected such suggestions.